I was scrambling around on Sunday night, trying to pack up orders, and it was going pretty badly. Everything was disorganized, things were missing, and I was exhausted. And then it dawned on me: hey, I’m moving. In, like, a few weeks. Oh, that is soon. Maybe I should not try to do everything right now.
So: Chickenpants Hiatus! The shop is closing on December 3rd (Monday). I don’t have a re-opening date yet, which is a first for me.
I’ve been thinking for a long time that I need to take a break, and reevaluate Chickenpants stuff. So that’s getting wrapped up into this, too.
If there’s anything you had your eye on in the shop, or if you’d like to stock up on gifts, NOW is the time. (Side note: I have a BUNCH of Chickenpants Babies and some pompom headed guys that need to be photographed and added to the shop. Time allowing, I’ll be adding new guys soon.)
In the meantime, I still have the Absolutely Small blog up and running-ish (that’s on hiatus for right now too, more or less), so if you want to keep abreast of what I’m up to, that’s a good spot. I have a bunch of new ideas and plans already. It’s a little crazy, honestly. Hopefully I’ll be sharing new fun things with you soon.
Many thanks to all of you for reading, buying, and basically cheering me on and being amazing!
I find myself at somewhat of a loss for words. Six. Hundred. SIX. HUNDRED. Sixhundred?
That’s I’ve made 600 of anything still kind of amazes me.
I feel a little bad that I don’t have more fanfare to throw at this little guy. He’s a wee bit fancier than a normal CP, sure. But he’s not wearing a special outfit. I haven’t put together prize packs. I don’t even have a celebratory sale. There’s kind of a lot going on right now.
On the other hand, I feel like he’s sort of a return to my Chickenpants roots. No fancy outfit. Just chickeny goodness.
You can check him out in the shop if you’re so inclined.
However, next week I’m planning on rolling out some exciting news. Stay tuned! Fanfare will happen!
Hello folks! Are you anywhere near Oakland, California? Well, better hop in those cars and get moving. Patchwork Oakland is this Sunday!
What do you call 100+ makers of awesomeness, food trucks and free admission? PATCHWORK OAKLAND! Oh, and yes, the Chickenpants will be there, too. We’ll be trotting out our very new, and very fun, display. Seriously, I want you to see this. It’s kind of hilarious.
There’s going to be so much great stuff to see. And if Patchwork isn’t enough for you, there’s also a farmer’s market going on right outside. Brilliant!
See you Sunday?
I make a lot of custom Chickenpants. I have this tendency to forget all about them once they’re packed up and shipped off, though. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy a peek at two of my recent favorites: Maleficent Chickenpants and Audrey Hepburnpants.
For Maleficent here, I used the most luxurious velvet I could find, and then slashed and burned it to make the ends all ragged. Also, I had to expand my skill set to figure how to spell “Maleficent”.
Audrey here was SO much fun to make, partially because of all the tiny accessories, which we all know I have a weakness for. Fun fact! Tiny poly clay sunglasses are very hard to make!
The last plushie has been made, and the box has been packed. I am finally finished up with my major show preparations for 2012. Yay!
And it just so happens that I have a NEW fancy Chickenpants to show you. Meet Farmer Chickenpants:
Although you probably already know him from “Where Food Comes From”.
In other news, everything is utter chaos. I’m not sure how else to explain it up other than bullet points:
- Everyone is fine.
- We’re moving somewhere new and exciting.
- This is good.
- Except that it’s really, really stressful and moving when you own a house is basically awful, and NOTHING IS CERTAIN. So…we’re moving? Somewhere? At some point?
- Everyone’s fine!
- Er, although one of our cars did just get totaled.
- EVERYONE’S FINE!
- And apparently, I should have that baby of mine potty trained already. Huh.
- I am very burned out.
- On top of that, I have so little time to actually get creative work done in that’s it’s this side of impossible.
- Everyone’s fine! HA HA HA HA.
And that is why I don’t usually blog about my life. Anyway, I am sort of back. At the very least, I am out from under one giant project. Hooray!
Greetings from the Chickenpants/Absolutely Small studio!
It’s that time of year again. The time when the yellow fleece gives way to fleece of every imaginable color. The time when the Chickenpants engines slow way the heck down, and every surface gets covered in the parts of Pompom headed creatures. The time when homemade meals stop being made, more coffee starts getting consumed, and general creative chaos reigns. You know, show season.
As I metaphorically climb a mountain of fleece and yarn, posts will probably slow way the heck down over here. As if the giant project of making dozens of plush creatures wasn’t enough for right now, I’m also taking on ANOTHER huge project that I can’t talk about just yet. More on that later.
Time to get my nose back to the fuzzy grindstone. (Actually, time to get my hand back up inside some half stuffed creature and stuff more polyfill in. Ah, the glamorous life of a plush artist!)
Hello lovelies! Super quick post to announce that TODAY I’ve added TWO new prints to the shop:
Hop on over to the shop to check them out!
As many of you already know, I have this collaborative project/social experiment going on over at the Chickenpants Adventure Society. I originally sent out a batch of real life, 7″ plush Chickenpants…and managed to miscalculate and not leave one for myself to drop. Ooops. So! Now that the participation is opened up all nice and huge and ANYONE can drop a Chickenpants, I got it together and did this:
You can read about that drop here: http://www.chickenpants.com/adventure/2012/08/27/chickenpants-dropped-at-the-edge-of-the-pacific-ocean/ I was surprised at how nervous this drop made me (in a good way!). I raced out to the end of the boardwalk just as the sun was setting. There was a decent sized group of people watching the sunset, so I waited until they dispersed. As I was tying the Chickenpants to the fence, I could see a family approaching behind me. Faster! Tie this thing faster! It was at that point that the CP fell into the bushes below. Fortunately, my husband hopped down there to rescue the Chickenpants and save the day. I don’t know what the family’s reaction was (if any), because I tied that thing up, snapped a photo and hauled buns out of there. In other words, hey, this was fun!
While I was out on my trek to the edge of the earth (sort of), I was delighted to find that I was not the first person to drop a Paper Chickenpants. That honor goes to this lady here! It is so exciting to me that other people are interested in playing along. New sign ups to the site keep coming in. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up and play along yet, hop over here for the full how to and download. See you out there!
Once upon a time, I made a bunch of stop motion shorts. And two of those times, I was able to get a super cool co-star: the Hamstercar made by RaggyRat! I fell madly in love with this fuzzy little vehicle when I spied him on Twitter. Fortunately RaggyRat was willing to go along with my plan to bring him all the way from England for a visit to make him a STAR! *ahem* Sort of. RaggyRat is cool like that.
Anyway, here is the first video:
And here is the second:
I didn’t notice any Hamstercars (he was a very special one off, after all!) in her shop, but check these little cuties out:
There are actually MORE Hamstercar videos up on Youtube. Between RaggyRat and myself we made quite a few!